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>> the supreme court of pakistan borders the rest of the prime minister over longstanding corruption allegations. thousands of protesters rallied in islamabad against what they say is a crooked government. hello. this is al jazeera live from doha. african military leaders are meeting to speed up the deployment of a new international force in mali. >> on the first humanitarian flights into rebel-held territory in the central african
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republic. i will be reporting on the desperate need for the people. >> and the last sighting of a missing activist. why the police have come under suspicion. a pakistan's supreme court has issued an arrest warrant for the prime minister. raja pervez ashraf is accused of corruption in deals to build new power plants when he was a water and power minister. the court has given 24 hours to arrest him along with 16 other people to. this decision comes as tens of thousands of protesters rallied against corruption of the leader.n >> we are here in front of the parliamentary house just to save
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our country from collapse and from complete ruin. we need substantial changes in our democratic, political, and electoral systems. we ought to put democracy in place. >> let's go to our correspondent in the pakistani capital. kamal, why is the supreme court issuing this arrest warrant now? >> a lot of people are saying it is because it is a mere coincidence, because the court was already deliberating on that case.
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the court therefore decided it was time to issue the arrest warrants. despite all that, it does not mean -- the prime minister can be arrested. the fact that the case involves him when he was the country pose electricity minister, therefore the immunity will not work for him. so he will be arrested in the next 24 hours. the situation in pakistan is very complex and very fluid. right now there will be an expectation that an interim government should be announced, that parliament should be dissolved, and an election date fixuld be given in order to pu the fragile democratic order. >> how are people reacting? >> people are jubilant, if you look at the people particularly in on the avenue in islamabad,
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protesters across the country, people are jubilant. but there's also concern about the future of the country. this is a government that has lost its second prime minister. they will of course now be taking this as political martyrdom, going to the people to say that we were not allowed to rule. across pakistan's there's a feeling up the government has failed, that parliament has failed, but there has to be certain measures which a professor is talking about, to make sure that people who don't have high moral standards, people who don't pay income tax don't presedeserve to represente people. >> thank you for that. military leaders from west african nations are discussing plans to send thousands of soldiers to mali had a schedule. french forces have been bombing rebel territory in northern mali
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for the past five days. france sent 750 soldiers to the capital and more are on the way. western countries have been pressing west african leaders to send in troops, which were not expected to arrive until september. rebel groups captured large parts of the country last year and are now seizing towns in the government-controlled south. spiders have occupied a town 400 and miles north of the capital. rebels also have bases in the cities farther north. the french intervention began last week after the rebels threatened to push towards the capital. muhammed, how worried are people at the rebels continue taking more territory? >> it is causing a lot of undies across mali. the people in the south are generally fearful the rebels
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might not be held just by aerial bombardment and that there's great need for ground troops to go in as quickly as possible. mali's army is weak and most of its equipment was lost or sold after the coup last month. they're not in a position to stop the rebels. that has been shown has beenhobo they have lost territory to the rebels recently. however, people are happy with the intervention by france. they say it has happened at the right time and they fully support it. there also hopeful of a very quick deployment by the regional block of which mali is a member,
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that will send over 3000 troops. the meeting was opened chief in the ivory coast. they have gone into a closed session now where they are drafting a plan for the deployment for of 3300 troops. there aren't huge obstacles including funding, which they say had they have not received. also, logistics. they say they cannot get the carriers across the border, that they need to be airlifted. all this needs to be taken care of. the plan that is drawn appear will have to go through the defense ministers, who will meet this week in the capital of five proposed, and finally the head of state will meet on saturday before they get it to the international community for the support they need. >> sounds like a very long process.
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as the fighting goes on, how bad is the humanitarian situation there? >> well, it's getting worse. we know that the humanitarian saw tion humanitarian 250,000 people had been displaced and crossed the borders into neighboring countries. thousands of people have been displaced. that is since the french offensive began. most of them are heading to the capital or have arrived already in the last government-held down towards the north. aid workers have described most of those people fleeing now as people who are panicked and exhausted. yesterday evening i spoke to a man who fled with his family of
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six from timbuktu. luckily for him he was able to get a boat on the river niger. he said most people want to leave, but they cannot afford the hefty fare is that the boat's owners are charging. most roads thremain closed. he spoke of very dire conditions. he said there was no security or administration and the rebels holding the town seemed to be in disarray since the french offensive began. he said there was lots of rape and other crimes against the people and that is what is making him run and many other people run to safety. >> thank you once again. the world's top platinum producer its shutting down two south african mines after last year's strike. 50 people were killed in luxembourg during violent protests, calling for better pay and conditions back then. anglo-american platinum will be
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selling one mine and cutting 14,000 jobs. the company says the changes were not prompted by last year's strikes. the first un mission to reach rebel-held parts of central african republic says the situation there is desperate. fighters agreed to a peace deal with the government last week. andrew simmons explains in this exclusive report the rebels are still entrenched and nothing has been done to deal with the humanitarian emergency in. >> deep in rebel-held territory, the first humanitarian flights to reach the town since the war broke out. a peace deal may be in place now, but suspicion and fear permeates this bushland. the rebels are flying the national flag. an alliance of rebel movements that used to fight each other are now part of a unity government.
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while children are excited at the first visit for more than a month, adults stand by afraid, and willing to talk without permission from the rebels. there should be a bustling african market, but it is silent. as if a funeral procession is passing by. many stores are closed. hardly anything is being sold. the rebels seized most of the vehicles here. and nearly all of the fuel supplies. petrol is four times its normal price. small u.n. fact-finding team meets with a commander, once a bullfighter, now wearing a uniform of the army. after several satellite phone calls, there's an agreement for humanitarian corridor. >> when armed groups fight, the people suffer. we're leaving the door open to all organizations that can come and help the population. >> help is desperately needed.
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in the rebel attacks, government offices were not the only buildings luted. houses, shops, and farms were rated. if 24,000 people have fled from this area. this is the main hospital. non urgent cases waiting outside. when rebels attacked, a doctor offered free treatment and drugs in an effort to stop any looting during the succeeding. -- to stop any luting. he succeeded. but now the drugs have run out. this is a consequence. this woman is hiv-positive. she's critically ill. without medicine, there's nothing they can do. >> you can see this patient is in a very critical situation. i doubt she will make it through the evening. >> it is hard to take in, but not far from the squalor are diamond mines. like the rest of this country,
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under developed. this double group abuses to loosen its grip on the territory, interesinsisting on international peacekeeping troops deployed before they make a move. these people need help now. al jazeera reporting from the central african republic. >> coming up, she is never coming home. we speak to the family of a sri lanka and will be headed in saudi arabia for killing a baby in her care. and cyber war in the philippines. why activists a new law governing online activity is like a return to military rule. >> hello and welcome. the weather pattern changes. a large cloud across central.
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. we have a little clearer air across the u.k., but the wind coming from the north is quite cold air. there's an actor frontal system to go with it. snow pushing across the alpine region. a little respite on wednesday for the u.k. with top temperatures at zero. -- at 2 degrees in london. a lot of rainfall expected across the mediterranean. a very unsettled picture. highs of eight degrees in rome. across the mediterranean, if a brisk winds expected out of the west. a temperature of 18 in benghazi. and some rainfall for tunisia and algeria. farther south, looking fine. monsoon rain continues pushing towards the south. still a chance of rain in gabon. looking at highs of 30 degrees. heavy rain expected in angola,
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zambia, botswana, and parts of mozambique. in south africa, west of johannesburg, but it should be dry in cape town. >> welcome back. the top stories on al jazeera. pakistan's's supreme court has issued an arrest warrant for the prime minister raja pervez ashraf. he's accused of corruption. france is calling for west african leaders to speed up plans to central tamale. 750 french soldiers are helping the army fight off rebels. a al jazeera has gained access to the first humanitarian aid flights into central african republic. a cease-fire agreement was
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signed last week. a concern is mounting over the disappearance of a prominent activist in laos. the person went missing last month. now this report from neighboring thailand. >> his work is well known across southeast asia, but his disappearance on december 15 is a mystery. helping poortha farmers that turned him a prestigious award. >> gandhi's words are still relevant. >> he ran one of the most important nonprofits in his home country of alllaos. he was stopped at a police checkpoint and taken into a building. his car was driven off by someone. and several people came out of the building driving off in a pickup truck. if he has not been heard from since then. this person has known him 20 years.
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>> it's very difficult to believe he could be a threat to anyone. he is a mild mannered person, very accommodative, very much a person who interacts with people of different opinions. >> authorities tell his wife they don't have him, they say might have been kidnapped for personal or business conflicts and an investigation is underway. >> my husband is not a dissident. he's been a very low profile social development worker interested in helping the country, teaching young people in community service, empowering them. >> his wife says his work has always been open and with the permission of the government. to her knowledge, he has never been threatened. she is calling on nations in the region to do more. if former tyler and cameron minister has urged that the government to do that. he and others joining a chorus of voices in and out of the
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region looking for answers from the communist country. >> if, in the end, it is found that members of the lao authorities at any level are responsible for is disappearance, it will show that lao is still a stalinist government that wants to keep people submissive. >> the near silence in the case is raising alarm. some see it as a back track on the road to a more liberal and open laos. al jazeera reported from bangkok. >> sri lanka's president has warned in a new chief justice after the previous top judge was increased. he was dismissed -- she was dismissed after being found guilty of corruption. judges and lawyers have condemned her impeachment and she refuses to step down. the new chief justice is an ally of the president. al jazeera has spoken to the family of a sri lanka woman be headed in saudi arabia last week.
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she was charged with killing a child in her care, but your family says she is innocent. >> her pain will not stop. her daughter was beheaded in saudi arabia. the young woman was found guilty of killing an infant in her care, a charger mother dismisses. -- a charge that her mother dismisses. >> she was a salted and forced to sign a confession. my child was harassed the 16 days she worked in the house. she was given food to eat and a toilet bowl. >> the teenager went abroad to help poor woodcutter father to feed, educate, and clothe her younger siblings. opportunities are limited in most of the village in north east sri lanka and jobs overseas seemed to be the only option. when she left, she was 17 years
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old, but job agents had forged passport to say she was 23. the saudi government does not allow workers who are minors. >> girls are carrying babies and not just young brothers and sisters. initial shock at her execution is now replaced with anger. her only dream was a better life for her family. her family says the young woman was denied a fair trial. >> she has not been punished according to sri lanka. -- according to sharia law. so we cannot accept this punishment. >> others seem to disagree.
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>> the baby's mother could have pardoned her or accepted blood money for her release. since she was not willing, this punishment was the only option. >> the execution has drawn strong criticism from international community. criticism that saudi arabia has rejected, saying the saudi arabia emphasizes its protection of the rights of all citizens and expatriate's on its soil. saudi arabia categorically rejects any interference in its affairs or in the provision of its judiciary under any justifications." hundreds of people have been visiting her home in her village. during the seven years she spent in prison, the family received many offers of help, all met with the same response. "not until our child returns." that will never happen now. al jazeera reporting from. >> the supreme court in the philippines has been hearing a
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challenge against a controversial new cyber law. protesters say it is a threat to free speech, but the government maintains it is there to prevent child pornography and more. now this report. >> protesting against what they call a draconian law that will limit the right to free speech, these filipinos want the supreme court to declare that a newly signed cyber crime law is unconstitutional. >> this law makes it look like we are back 40 years ago when we had martial law. only it is applied on line. >> supporters of the law points out it was created to stop child pornography and protect against disruptions and spam, all in keeping with international agreements. but philippine legislators added extra measures that internet user groups and human rights activists say blindsided them. and under the new law, it -- if
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a derogatory statement is made on line again someone, the person responsible can face more than 10 years in prison. if anyone should express support of that statement on the social networking sites or to pass that statement on, they could also face jail time. any other crime which might be committed with the aid of internet communications or smartphone would also have a harsher penalty. the new law would create a special body under the justice department that would monitor and police all online activities. this agency would also have the power to block web sites deemed inappropriate for filipinos. but the law supporters are adamant this is all in the best interest of the country. >> governments are becoming even more efficient and perhaps cost- effective because of the government's use of and duration and technology. that's what we are trying to protect. >> the final decision now rests
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with the supreme court. whichever way it decides on a matter if will alter how filipinos move forward in cyberspace. al jazeera reported from manila. >> in egypt, the train has derailed in a cairo suburb, killing 19 army recruits. more than 100 people injured in the crash. the accident took place less than two weeks after new transport minister was appointed to overhaul the rail system. the roads and railways have a poor safety record. activists are reporting air raids across syria. this is said to be hama province, which was bombed by government forces early tuesday according to activists. this video is said to show a shelling of rebel held neighborhood in homs. the rebels have been trying to push out the government from areas they control. in aleppo, the fighting is stifling industrial growth. >> this biscuit factory was once
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part of a dynamic industry. the working machines have largely given way to war machines. few factories are in operation today and even those are finding it tough to go on. >> we suffer a lot because we cannot find fuel and raw foods like sugar and butter and so on. thank god we're able to maddux. we hope the world thank god we're able to make due. >> this building has been closed several months but he has now taken the covers off its machines. still they sit idle for many hours each day. >> does no work here because of the economic situation caused by
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the war. there are no jobs, no business. we don't even have electricity here. how can we work if there's no electricity? >> the industrial complex was hailed as a success story when it opened five years ago. many of the owners have now left. the abandoned buildings are housing hundreds of homeless families seeking shelter from the fighting. >> they've been bombing us from the east and from the west and we are in the middle of it. if cracks in the middle of the two-year-old conflict which continues to take a toll on the syrian people and their economy. >> a coptic christian airline worker in britain has won a legal battle after claiming she was subjected to religious discrimination. the european court of human rights said british airways should not have ordered nadia to should not have ordered nadia to hide it across that she
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